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Details about  "The Scout - Apache", Edward S. Curtis, Orotone, 1906, Indian, Cowboy

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"The Scout - Apache", Edward S. Curtis, Orotone, 1906, Indian, Cowboy
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Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Framing: Framed
Date of Creation: Pre-1950 Size Type/Largest Dimension: Large (Greater than 10")
Subject: Figures & Portraits

"The Scout - Apache", Edward S. Curtis, Orotone Photograph, 1906, Indian, Cowboy

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   Edward S. Curtis
"The Scout -Apache"


Medium:        
Orotone Photograph (Gold Tone)


Dimensions:  8" x 10" Image

                      10.25" x 12.25" Framed


Year:             1906

 

Wonderful orotone of "the Scout-Apache", who was a part of the United States Army Indian Scouts and served during Navajo, Toronto and Mexico Border Wars.  "The Scout-Apache" orotone has a great history which proves that racism was an issue even in the past.

Charles Martine was an Apache scout who played an important role in the surrender of Geronimo.  Born in 1858 among the Chiricahua Apache of northern Mexico Martine was captured as a young boy and sold to a Mexican family as a servant. His knowledge of both Spanish and Apache and his familiarity with the southern desert lands eventually made him a valuable interpreter and scout.

In 1886, the American General Nelson Miles recruited Martine and another Apache, Kayitah, to help track down the renegade Apache chief Geronimo. The wily Geronimo had long stymied the U.S. Army's best efforts to find and arrest him. Now Miles decided to try negotiating. He wanted Martine and Kayitah to find the chief and persuade him to come in and talk about peace. If they succeeded, Miles reportedly promised they would be well rewarded by the U.S. government.

Accompanied by a small party of soldiers, Martine and Kayitah eventually located Geronimo's camp in northern Mexico. Bearing a white flag, the two scouts cautiously approached the hostile camp. Geronimo initially wanted to shoot the two scouts, but his braves convinced him to let them come forward. Still in considerable danger, the two scouts entered the camp. They managed to convince Geronimo to talk to the army officers. Eventually, Geronimo agreed to a meeting with General Miles during which Geronimo gave his unconditional surrender.

Despite their brave and effective service in obtaining the surrender of one of the last hostile Indians in the nation, Martine and Kayitah never received the awards promised them by General Miles. Instead, they were exiled to the east with Geronimo and the other hostile Apache. Miles insisted that all the Chiricahua Apache be exiled-even the scouts who had worked for the U.S. Army

Back To The Orotone

"The Scout-Apache" orotone is in good condition in spite of the small crack in the glass portion of the frame. The V shape crack runs from the top center into the orotone indicating that the orotone is cracked as well.  Looks like there was some issue on the recto of the orotone towards the middle,that is still visible but only with appropriate light and angle. In the left upper hand corner there are two scrapes of a minimal size visible only under a lens of a microscope.  

 

The orortone is signed in the right lower hand corner by the artist. 

On the verso of the orotone the only distress is the V shape crack that protrudes from the recto to the verso which is always the case for an orotone. 

The orotone is a very beautiful print that although experienced some minor mishap still charms and remains one of a kind. 

Great steal for a great price!

 

Good luck with the auction!

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Additional Information About The Artist:  http://www.fluryco.com/curtis/

EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS was born in Wisconsin in 1868 to parents Ellen and Johnson Curtis. His sister, Eva, was born in 1870 and his brother, Asahel, in 1874. Edward also had an older brother, Ray, born in 1861. After Asahel's birth the family moved to Cordova, a rural settlement in Le Sueur County, Minnesota, where Johnson Curtis worked as a preacher for United Brethren Church. As a boy Edward often accompanied his father on canoe trips to visit members of the congregation. His experience camping outdoors with his father helped prepare him for the extensive field work he would do later in his career.

As an adolescent Edward constructed his own camera with the help of the then popular manual Wilson's Photographics. It is also possible that he worked for a photographer in St. Paul for a period of time before his family moved west. Because his father's health was not good and his older brother Ray had married and moved to Portland, Oregon, Curtis took on much of the responsibility of supporting the family. He worked for a time as a supervisor on the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault St. Marie Railroad.

In the Fall of 1887 Edward and his father traveled to Washington Territory and by Winter had settled in the Puget Sound. They were joined by Ellen Curtis and the other two children the following Spring. Shortly after their arrival Johnson Curtis contracted pneumonia and died. Edward then assumed primary responsibility for supporting the family. Although his income was meager, he was able to buy a camera. In 1892 he married Clara Phillips and opened a portrait studio in Seattle in partnership with Thomas Guptill. While their business was very successful, they parted ways in 1897 and Curtis renamed the business Edward S. Curtis, Photographer and Photoengraver.


 

 

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